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The Takeaway: Underweight Do Worse After Surgery; Supercommittee Folds With No Plan

Posted on 11/22/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayUnderweight individuals have a 40 percent higher risk of dying in the first month after surgery than patients who are overweight, U.S. researchers reported in the Archives of Surgery. And the congressional panel charged with devising a plan to reduce the nation’s deficit has failed and folded.

The Takeaway: Surgery to Stop Strokes Doesn’t Work; Appeals Court Upholds Health Care Mandate

Posted on 11/9/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayDoctors had high hopes for an operation designed to prevent strokes, but a $20 million federal study on the procedure was cut short when it became apparent that it didn’t work. And a conservative-leaning federal appeals court yesterday ruled Barack Obama’s health care law—including the individual mandate—is constitutional.

The Takeway: Half of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana; Would You Trust a Robo-Surgeon?

Posted on 10/18/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayWhen Gallup first asked about marijuana legalization, in 1969, just 12 percent of Americans favored it. Now 50 percent do, according to a new Gallup poll.

The Takeaway: Seniors Get Unwanted Surgeries; Employees Sue Over 401(k) Losses

Posted on 10/7/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayA new study published in the British medical journal Lancet says a host of factors, such as Medicare reimbursement, location and the availability of hospital beds, weigh more heavily on a doctor’s decision to operate than a patient’s needs, wants or whether surgery will improve their quality of life. And a growing number of 401(k) plan participants are bringing lawsuits against their employers (who administer the plans) for allowing poorly-performing and/or overly-expensive funds into their retirement portfolios.

The Takeaway: Calculating Risks from Prostate Cancer Treatments, Pot Dispensaries and Obama’s Jobs Plan

Posted on 09/21/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayProstate Cancer + Treatment = Sexual Dysfunction? Medical Marijuana = Less Crime? Payroll Tax Cut = Bad News for Social Security?

It’s A Miracle!

Posted on 03/10/2009 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

Personal Health7 year old Heather McNamara is recovering well after a miraculous and risky surgery.